PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal wins his tenth Monte Carlo Masters after beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas

Rafael Nadal claimed a tenth Monte Carlo Masters title with victory over fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

The King of Clay won 6-1 , 6-3 and it was his 70th title – his 29th ATP World Tour Masters title and his 50th clay-court crown.

Rafa:

It has been an amazing week on one of the most important events on the tour. I played well here, which helps me a lot to start the claycourt season with confidence.

This was his first tournament victory of 2017, having won only two in 2016, and means he has claimed clay-court titles in each of the past 14 years.

The victory will be viewed as perfect preparation for our champ as he gears up to battle for a 10th French Open crown next month.

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats David Goffin to reach Monte Carlo final

Rafael Nadal moved a step closer to clinching his 10th Monte Carlo Masters title with a routine victory over David Goffin in the semi-final in Monaco. He won 6-3, 6-1 in one hour and 30 minutes.

Rafa will face next compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who reached his first Masters final by beating Lucas Pouille.

According to ATP World Tour, Rafa is now one match win away from becoming the first man in the Open Era (since April 1968) to earn 10 tournament titles. With victory over Ramos-Vinolas he will clinch a record 50th clay-court crown. On Sunday, the superstar will also be pursuing his first ATP World Tour title since 24 April 2016 in Barcelona (d. Nishikori) and the 70th crown of his career.

Rafael Nadal beats Diego Schwartzman to reach Monte Carlo semi-finals

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal has booked his place in the last four of the Monte Carlo Masters with a straight-sets victory over Diego Schwartzman.

Our champ came through by a 6-4, 6-4 scoreline to move through to a semi-final showdown with David Goffin, who recorded the biggest win of his career when he broke a 14-match losing streak against the Top 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings with a hard-fought and high-quality 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic.

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats birthday boy Alexander Zverev to reach Monte Carlo Masters quarters

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal has booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters courtesy of a straight-sets victory over birthday boy Alexander Zverev.

Rafa saw off the 2o-year-old 6-1, 6-1 in just 68 minutes to book his place in another ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final.

Rafa will face either Jan-Lennard Struff or Diego Schwartzman for a place in the semi-finals.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal Makes Winning Start in Monte Carlo

(AP) — Defending champion Rafael Nadal withstood a determined comeback from Britain’s Kyle Edmund to win 6-0, 5-7, 6-3 in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday.

The fourth-seeded Rafa is aiming for a 10th title in Monte Carlo and looked to be coasting until Edmund found his range with huge forehands. The third set was intense, with three straight breaks of serve from 2-2, until the nine-time French Open champion drew on his vastly superior experience on clay.

Rafa’s relief was evident when he secured victory on his first match point.

After Edmund patted a return into the net, Rafa tilted his head back and raised his arms in the air. The next match could be tough, too.

He faces 14th-seeded Alexander Zverev, the 19-year-old German who pushed him to five sets in the third round at this year’s Australian Open.

Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal prepared for clay

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Since 2009, Nadal has gained an average of 2,448 points at the four biggest clay tournaments before Roland Garros: the three Masters 1000 tournaments – Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Mutua Madrid Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome – and the Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, an ATP World Tour 500 event. At the four tournaments, Nadal has won a combined 29 titles.

Should Nadal claim the top spot in the Race, it’s likely he will have captured at least one title from either Monte-Carlo, Barcelona or Roland Garros – the three events he has won a record nine times each. The Spaniard is the only player in the Open Era to have won a tournament nine times. If he were to win the trio of tournaments for a record 10th time, he’d stamp his legacy on the game – and on the clay – once more.

“This is an important event. It’s one of my favourite events of the year without a doubt. Monte-Carlo is unique for me. I’m trying to work as much as I can to be ready for the competition and adjust my game again to clay.

“I am excited to be here. I started slow to adapt to the clay, hitting for 45 minutes, then one hour and one hour and 30 minutes for the first few days. I did what I needed to avoid the risk for injuries. With more practise, I remind myself how to win the points, how to defend and how to move. It’s a process. Things are not that easy. It takes time. I decided to not play on clay in February this year so it’s a little different.”

It’s been a brilliant 2017 for Rafael Nadal, who reached his first major final since 2014 at this year’s Australian Open. Though Nadal has been unable to solve the riddle of Roger Federer in the season’s first three months, he has nonetheless built a great deal of momentum, going 19-5 with three Top 10 wins and two hard court finals to his name.

Now, if the Spaniard can take the next step and summon that savage clay-court form of year’s past, then he might have a real chance to do serious damage over the next two months. The Spaniard thinks he’s ready to do just that.

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  • Monte-Carlo Masters: Pre-tournament presser photos

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WATCH: Rafael Nadal Stars in Tommy Hilfiger Tailored Spring ’17 Campaign

Rafael Nadal reunites with Tommy Hilfiger Tailored for its spring-summer 2017 campaign.

Rafa travels to Palm Springs, California for the advertisement. Appearing before photographer Mikael Jansson, Rafa sports Hilfiger’s THFLEX collection. Captured in action, our champ wears the brand’s best tailoring, manufactured for optimum movement.

Source: The Fashionisto